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The Broadsheet: July 16

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Hillary Clinton is struggling to re-introduce herself, GOP Congresswomen have a message for their male presidential candidates and a serial entrepreneur has simple-but-smart idea for how to get more women on boards. Have a great Thursday.


• Database of dames. Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, co-founder and CEO of online shopping startup Joyus, yesterday at Fortune Brainstorm Tech unveiled a new initiative dedicated to putting more women on tech company boards. The heart of the project—a database of female board candidates who have been nominated and vetted by startup founders, investors, and executives—already includes more than 700 names. Fortune


• Hi, I’m Hillary. Hillary Clinton’s 2018 presidential campaign is trying to answer one very tricky question: How do you introduce voters to a candidate they’re convinced they already know? New York Times

Two fights worth fighting. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield, writes about the surprising parallels between the movement to allow women in ground combat and the push to legalize gay marriage. Fortune

• Listen up. Five Republican Congresswomen recently sat down at a Google/National Review event to talk about the challenges their party faces with women. Their advice to the largely male field of 2016 GOP presidential candidates? Listen to us before you speak. Time

• Three cheers! A new California law entitles sports team cheerleaders to minimum wage, sick leave, and other legal protections that full employees receive. The issue came to the fore last year when a Raiders cheerleader filed a lawsuit against the team, claiming the cheerleaders were not paid for all the hours they were required to work.  Buzzfeed

• Fashion for the faithful. Globally, Muslims spend $266 billion each year on fashion. No wonder a growing number of big-name retailers, including Tommy Hilfiger, Uniqlo and Mango, are catering to Muslim women. Fortune

• Women helping women. When female activists run into trouble, it’s often other women who come to their aid. This Vanity Fair feature introduces us to some of the brave women who do that dangerous and important work. Vanity Fair

• Porat debuts. Google CFO Ruth Porat will oversee the tech giant’s earnings call for the first time today. Porat, who was previously CFO of Morgan Stanley, has spent her career as a formidable finance power-broker and analysts hope she will reverse Google’s historically recalcitrant approach to dealing with Wall Street. Re/Code

MOVERS AND SHAKERS:  Marilyn B. Tavenner, the former Obama administration official in charge of the rollout of, will become president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans. Former J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. executive Blythe Masters has been appointed nonexecutive chairwoman of Santander Consumer USA Holdings, the subprime auto lending unit of the Spanish banking company.


• Sorry, Zoolander. Modeling is the rare industry with a reverse pay gap. Gisele Bundchen, the highest-paid female supermodel, made more than $47 million last year, while her male counterpart, Sean O’Pry, made a comparatively scrawny $1.5 million or so in 2013. Fortune

• Different views. Nicolle Wallace, former communications chief for President George W. Bush, will not be returning to The View as a co-host next season. Apparently she failed to voice enough dissent about political issues and continually brought up her lack of knowledge about celebrities. Variety

3 simple rules: PricewaterhouseCoopers chairman Bob Moritz writes about what he learned about race from Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments. His three takeaways: Be aware of diversity (or lack thereof), focus on what you can change and hold yourself accountable. Fortune

• Go set a record. Barnes & Noble said Harper Lee’s new novel, Go Set a Watchman, set a one-day sales record for adult fiction. WSJ

• Courage, CaitlynCaitlyn Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards last night, saying that she planned to use the attention that had come with her very public transition to being a woman to push for tolerance of transgender people, and urging her fellow athletes to do the same.  New York Times

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This woman is making ethical fur from roadkill  Fortune

What Marvel’s push toward superhero diversity really means  Vice

MIA’s new video features awesome female martial artists  Quartz

Woman who fled Nazis for Wall Street invited to ring NYSE bell  Bloomberg


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